soft pieces is the artistic moniker of Washington DC area resident Zach Mason. In 1990, at the age of 13, Zach began making music with a bass guitar, cassette tapes, and assorted electronics, performing throughout the DC area and self-releasing numerous recordings in the years since.
Synths and computers slowly moved from accessories to central musical tools, allowing for new sounds and techniques.
Using a digital synthesizer, a small mixer patched to allow feedback, and a reverb/delay pedal, Zachâs current work seeks to join the organic nature of gestural performance with the utilitarian versatility of modular programming. Software environments Pure Data (Pd) and Max/MSP are emerging as new instances of this pattern of improvisational work with homemade tools.
Also: He likes cats.